120 | VISION 2022 | VocationNetwork.orgBEING CATHOLIC
T MAY SEEM counterintuitive for a nun to be writing about love
and sex. I certainly don’t claim to be an expert. But anyone who
has tried to live the celibate life with integrity for most of their
adult life has had to face struggles for sexual maturity. We are chal-
lenged to understand the interface between desire, love, the need for
intimacy, and our culture’s attitude toward the human body. To help us
Sexual love is one dimension, one expression, ofthe love that is meant to be at the heart of our lives.The surprisinglypositive Catholic viewof sex and love
BY SISTER GEMMA SIMMONDS, C.J.
Sister GemmaSimmonds, C.J.belongs to theCongregationof Jesus. She’son the facultyof the MargaretBeaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge,U.K. as directorof the ReligiousLife Institute.